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Dear John: Some time ago my wife and I found this curio in a yard sale for my mother. When she passed, we got it back and tried to find out more about it.
It bears the mark of Goebel, W. Germany. It is 3 inches long and 4 inches high and appears to be a little boy dressed in black carrying a coil of hose and a ladder with a clock in his right hand. He rides a pink pig. It has no chips or repairs.
I looked in some books but cannot find it. Can you give me some information on its worth? — C.S., Inverness
Dear C.S.: You have a figurine made by the Goebel Company in Germany. The Goebel Company produced the world famous Hummel figurines during the 20th century. They also produced figurines that looked similar to their original Hummels.
Current market interest in Goebel figurines and original Hummels has gone flat. The younger generation has no interest. Potential dollar value is tch-as-catch-can.
Dear John: I listen to your program and enjoy your insight. I could use help deciding what to do with some old metal barn roof panels with large hand-painted advertising for Inverness Kentucky Fried Chicken. The panels are galvanized, but the paint is rough and in weak shape.
I want to use the panels to make a firewood cove. My wife suggested maybe somebody wants to save or restore them. They are 3 foot by 8 foot panels. I can send photos if it is worth the effort. — D.W., Internet
Dear D.W.: Advertising memorabilia covers a wide range of products. I suspect a large number of our readers remember Col. Sanders’s Kentucky Fried Chicken, which is now simply KFC.
In the vintage advertising collector world, Col. Sanders is low on the collector’s want list. If you like, send a couple of good photographs. However, if the condition is poor, you likely have the right idea for use.
Dear John: I need to downsize, as I am moving from a four-bedroom to a two-bedroom home in a retirement community in the next few months. I am attaching a photograph of my grandma’s Singer treadle-operated sewing machine.
It has the serial number D545649 on it. I understand it was manufactured in 1908. It is in good condition. Grandma stitched many quilts on it.
I am interested in selling it. How much can I ask for it and who can I sell to? — B.S.D., Crystal River
Dear B.S.D.: I am glad you included a good clear photograph. It is obvious that your Singer machine has had good care for the past 100-plus years. If there is someone in the family who would like to have it, that would be best.
By 1900, the Singer Company was producing massive quantities of treadle sewing machines. In the category of antique sewing machines, they are low on the totem pole of collector interest. Potential dollar value is catch-as-catch-can.
John Sikorski has been a professional in the antiques business for 30 years. He hosts a call-in radio show, Sikorski’s Attic, on WJUF (90.1 FM) Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. Send questions to Sikorski’s Attic, P.O. Box 2513, Ocala, FL 34478 or firstname.lastname@example.org.